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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In Loving Memory

OUR SON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Justin Hornsby 07/01/1990 - 03/17/2017

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Jamie Hornsby   -     Doris Veazey
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ROLL TIDE

17 National Championships –

I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 7 in person.

 Funny thing is, in Alabama, seldom do you pick your “Team”.  It is usually handed down generation to generation.   You are either a Bama fan, or a fan of the team on the plains. Cool

 My greatest memories of the Crimson Tide are numerous.  From my late Father and I listening to John Forney and Doug Layton paint the picture of each play via the radio in our living room, to watching the 92 National Championship Game live in NOLA with my late Mother.  Or the 2012 National Championship with our late son, Justin Hornsby. Seeing the last 5 National Title Games live with my wife Michele (as a fan) I have lived the dream.  And I must say the latest National Championship in Atlanta rivals that 92 game from the standpoint of excitement and awe. 

You hear players say “I dreamed of playing at Bama” – well as a fan, growing up in the tiny town of Goodwater Alabama, I dreamed of seeing Bama play in person.  That dream came true as I saw my first Bama game in 1977, at the age of 18.  Of course Bama rolled to a 55-6 victory over the Cardinals of Louisville in a game that is forever etched in my memory.

Back in those days, memorabilia wasn’t available like it is now, and I became a collector of “unique” Bama stuff.   Good luck stuff – and the passion of collecting Alabama Memorabilia began to rival the passion of being a fan.  Whether it was a statue of an Elephant or a Bama Football player, and I begin to collect unique things as the years passed. 

My collection of unique Memorabilia has continued to grow, and turned into my collection of Tide Rides. Each year for the past 8 years, one or more of the Tide Rides, have been part of the annual Bama Homecoming in Tuscaloosa.  That too has been a great experience as a fan, to see the faces of other fans enjoy the parade. 

I developed this space to share those with you as a collector or as a Bama fan, I hope you enjoy.  

Each week during football season, I update this site (Blog-Scroll Down) and share my thoughts and my predictions about the upcoming game. 


To the left, you can click on the links for portions of my collection and the Tide Rides.
 
I would like to invite you to check out what the folks at Reese's have done.  The official candy of NCAA football, contacted me with interest in doing a story about "TIDE RIDES" and the fan who would have such a collection.  Yours truly obliged, and it was a good decision.  The crew spent a few hours with Michele and me and were the nicest people.  The entire crew was fantastic, but special thanks to Joey, Sarah and Marty.  You are welcome back anytime !!! There is a link at the bottom for you to enjoy the segment..entitled, "BAMA'S BIGGEST FAN"  ....yeah, I know.....  keep the comments about the title to yourselves... 
 
"LETS GO REESE'S

Enjoy and Roll Tide!!!!!!!!
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Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Week 7 Homecoming Bama VS Mizzo
Bama put the Razorbacks away last week, but not before the Hogs scored 31 points.  Of course the fact that Bama had 65 made that a little easier to forget that the Defense of Alabama seemed lackadaisical at times, and even confused.   Of course Coach Saban didn't feel like it is not a big deal.  And a lot of people are saying that the Defense had a couple of meetings this week and that should make a difference.  Coach talked about accountability on his call in show last night.  So that is obviously something that has been tossed around this week.

Missouri will bring some challenges to Bama.  Their QB Drew Lock is expected to go high in the draft.  The Tigers are averaging more than 300 passing yards per game, and above 500 total yards.  If the secondary of The Tide is anything but on task, they will get hurt.  Speaking of hurt, Travon Diggs went down with a broken foot in the game last week.  That makes a secondary who lost 6 players last year to the NFL, even thinner in depth.    Surtain is expected to get much more playing time.   The true freshman will surely be tested often in this contest.

As good as the Tigers are on Offense, they are equally as BAD on defense.  They are giving up an average of 30 points per game.  So that should bode well for Tua and the Bama Offense.

HOMECOMING!!! Seldom does a song get as much publicity as Dixie Land Delight has this week.  The new AD has decided to bring the song back, however - NO CURSING.  Good luck with that.  But there is a campaign that includes many of the players and Ms. Terri - to KEEP IT CLEAN.  I do believe this will make a difference in the game.  The students love this so much they will stick around and the stadium WILL NO DOUBT be rocking when Dixie Land Delight plays in the 4th.

Bama is a 28 point favorite and I look for Bama to cover that spread.  Look for the defense to play better and keep the Tigers on their heels.

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RTR

THE TIDE RIDES and I will be missing the Homecoming Parade this year.  I was really bummed to find the parade this year conflicted with something else I have to attend.  See you next year! 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Week 6 Bama VS Arkansas

The Tide continues to ROLL and to dominate opponents.   Though everyone expected them to defeat the Rajin Cajuns, Bama seemed crisp and focused.   Tua continues to compete at a superior level going 8 for 8 with 2 TD’s.   Then Jalen shines going 4 of 6 and a TD.   Defense played well going deep into the lineup giving some young folk’s valuable playing time. 

This week, Bama takes on the Razorbacks of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Another BRUNCH affair, 11am kick on ESPN.   Though there were times in the past that Arky was a formidable opponent, this year doesn’t seem to be one of them. The Pigs come in with one victory and 4 losses, but last week they gave TAMU a contest.  In fact the Hogs came within a Touchdown late and were driving but threw an interception near the end. 

Bama is favored by 35 in the game that Nick Saban calls a potential “TRAP GAME.”  Bama has not been tested to this point, and it’s doubtful that the Hogs with their only win coming over Eastern Illinois will be a test either.  Look for Bama to come out with Tua blazing.  The stats for Bama in the first half of games are CRAZY, scoring a TD on their opening drive in every game thus far.  Arkansas also has had trouble with their coverages on Kicks and Punts.  That alone may cost them with Waddle returning one for a TD last week.  He showed a lot of moxie on a TD return that looked hopeless at a couple of times when he made moves that left defenders stammering.

Trap Game?  The Coach knows best Sealed

 

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Week 5 Bama vs Louisiana Lafayette


In a rare 11 am Kick Bama continues it schedule undefeated, and should certainly come out of this one unscathed.   Last week though Bama didn't cover the spread, they did look really good against the TAMU Aggies.  On the 2nd play - Bama intercepted an errant pass due to a big rush, and on the first play from scrimmage Tua - hit Devonta Smith with a pass and an incredible catch for a TD.  Though TAMU scored to tie the game, it didn't take long for the Tide to dispose of the Aggies by a score of 45 -23.

 

Bama is a 49 point (SevenTouchdown) favorite against the Ragin Cajun's and should come close to that number.  This will be a great opportunity for Bama to try to fine tune it's running game, which doesn't look like the running game of old.   Tua will likely not see any 2nd half action.   Bama's D and Secondary should also benefit by getting reps to some of the younger guys.

BAMA BIG IN THIS ONE

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Week 4 Bama VS TAMU

I wipe the egg off my face from my thoughts last week that Ole Miss would be able to move and score on Bama.   I do however admit, after that first play - whew I thought "This is going to be a loooong day."  But after that 75 yard play, the Bama D was stingy and allowed only 58 passing yards.  So after being caught flat footed, they obviously found their groove.

This week, Bama is at home vs #22 TAMU.  The odds makers have Bama a 27 point favorite.  Yes, that's right 27 points.   WOW.  I first heard that and went back and checked 3 different sources and confirmed that 27 is correct.   This is a head scratcher.  TAMU lost to #3 Clemson by two points 26-24 and Bama is favored by 27?  I have looked through all the stats, and I still am scratching my head.  That said, I really hope they are right.

TAMU looked strong against Clemson.  QB Mond, made a lot of plays against what is rated as one of the top defenses in the nation.  Their defense made several big plays against the Clemson offense that is new in many places.  TAMU out passed Clemson 416 to 290.  Neither team had big days running.  With TAMU 71 and Clemson 115.  So what does all that mean?  To me it seems TAMU matched up really well with the Tigers.  Will they match up that well against Bama?  That remains to be seen, but I don't think so.  Bama is no longer a team that is one dimensional as Tua has shown he can score quickly.  The running game then opens and poses problems for defenses.   TAMU will no doubt be the best Defense Bama has faced this year.  The Offense...well Ole Miss was supposed to be the best and we see how that turned out.   

I am hoping that the game VS Clemson was a game where both teams were tentative with first game jitters.   Bama will be jacked up at home and I think TAMU will be too.  I look for it to be closer than they odds makers.  I hope I am wrong.

 

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Roll Tide !

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Week 3 - Bama VS Ole Mis
Bama took little time to take care of Arkansas State.  But no one was really surprised.  Tua started and played very well as did Hurts.  Both had good games with high ratings.  But how stiff was the competition?  From watching it didn't look like there was any.  Others say Arky State has a good football team.  Their highly touted QB Hansan, was 15/36.  Well below his average.  Bama's Defense played well although there were times it was hard to say that.  Minor breakdowns, nonetheless breakdowns.  It could be a lack of concentration from being ahead by 40. 

This week will tell more. As Bama is facing the Ole Miss "LANDSHARKS".  That just seems weird typing it.  Anyway, OM has a great QB and 3 WR who are expected to go high in the NFL Draft.  OM  QB Ta'amu was 23/33 with 450 yards against the Salukis and scored 76 points with 646 yards.  No that is not a typo.  Now, the Ole Miss Defense gave up 629 yards of those 241 were on the ground and a total of 41 points.  I didn't see the game, but looking at the stats, the blaring difference is Southern Illinois turned the ball over 3 times while Ole Miss didn't have any turnovers. 

Now Bama...Ole Miss.   Those big tall lanky Ole Miss receivers could pose a problem with Alabama's young untested secondary.  The flip side of that is can Ole Miss stop Bama's running/passing game?  It certainly makes for an interesting matchup.  The game being played in Oxford should give Ole Miss some momentum.  Oh and I have to say, though the Bama so called QB battle has ended, Bama's Kicker missed two extra points resulting in a new kicker.  So hopefully this game will not depend on an extra point or a field goal.

Bama should be strong against Ole Miss, and I expect the 2:30 game on CBS to be a good one for a while.  I do think OM will break a few long pass plays with their athletic QB and wide receivers giving them more points that Bama fans are accustomed to having scored against them.

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Roll Tide !

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